Egyptian alabaster cylindrical vessel
Early Dynastic Period, 1st-2nd Dynasty, 2972-2647 BC
Height: 26 cm
Provenance: Private collection USA, acquired 1930s
Of banded alabaster the walls of the vessel flare out from a low set waist gently toward the flat base and the slightly wider mouth. A thin raised band, imitating cord runs below rounded the everted lip.
Literature: Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie, 'The Funeral Furniture of Egypt. Stone and Metal Vases', (reprinted Warminster, 1977), plate VIII nos. 33-34.